The Most Famous

SKIERS from Austria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Austrian Skiers. The pantheon dataset contains 540 Skiers, 75 of which were born in Austria. This makes Austria the birth place of the 2nd most number of Skiers.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Austrian Skiers of all time. This list of famous Austrian Skiers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Austrian Skiers.

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1. Toni Sailer (1935 - 2009)

With an HPI of 67.70, Toni Sailer is the most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages on wikipedia.

Anton Engelbert "Toni" Sailer (17 November 1935 – 24 August 2009) was an Austrian alpine ski racer, considered among the best in the sport. At age 20, he won all three gold medals in alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics. He nearly duplicated the feat at the 1958 World Championships with two golds and a silver. He also won world titles both years in the combined, then a "paper" race, but awarded with medals by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

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2. Erik Schinegger (1948 - )

With an HPI of 61.37, Erik Schinegger is the 2nd most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Erik Schinegger (born 19 June 1948) is an Austrian intersex skier. He was the world champion women's downhill skier in 1966, at which time he was recognized as female and known as Erika Schinegger.

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3. Karl Schranz (1938 - )

With an HPI of 60.81, Karl Schranz is the 3rd most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Karl Schranz (born 18 November 1938) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria, one of the best of the 1960s and early 1970s. Born and raised in St. Anton, Tyrol, Schranz had a lengthy ski career, from 1957 to 1972. He won twenty major downhills, many major giant slalom races and several major slaloms. Late in his career he was the successor to Jean-Claude Killy as the World Cup overall champion; Schranz won the title at age 30 in the third World Cup season of 1969, and repeated in 1970. He was also the downhill champion for those two seasons and was the giant slalom season champion in 1969. Schranz won both the "classic downhills" four times each: the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel, Austria, (1966,1969, 1972,1972), and the Lauberhorn at Wengen, Switzerland, (1959, 1963, 1966, 1969). He also excelled at the legendary Arlberg-Kandahar events, winning nine times, from 1957 (Chamonix) to 1970 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

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4. Franz Klammer (1953 - )

With an HPI of 60.62, Franz Klammer is the 4th most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Franz Klammer (born 3 December 1953) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria. Klammer overwhelmingly dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons (1975–78). He was the gold medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, winning the downhill at Patscherkofel by a margin of 0.33 seconds with a time of 1:45.73. He won 25 World Cup downhills, including four on the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel. He holds the record for the most victories (four) on the full course at Kitzbühel.

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5. Annemarie Moser-Pröll (1953 - )

With an HPI of 60.59, Annemarie Moser-Pröll is the 5th most famous Austrian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Annemarie Moser-Pröll (born 27 March 1953) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Kleinarl, Salzburg, she was the most successful female alpine ski racer during the 1970s, with six overall titles, including five consecutive. Moser-Pröll celebrated her biggest successes in downhill, giant slalom and combined races. In 1980, her last year as a competitor, she secured her third Olympic medal (and first gold) at Lake Placid and won five World Cup races. Her younger sister Cornelia Pröll is also a former Olympic alpine skier.

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6. Hermann Maier (1972 - )

With an HPI of 60.55, Hermann Maier is the 6th most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Hermann Maier (born 7 December 1972) is an Austrian former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. Nicknamed the "Herminator", Maier ranks among the greatest alpine ski racers in history, with four overall World Cup titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004), two Olympic gold medals (both in 1998), and three World Championship titles (1999: 2, and 2005). His 54 World Cup race victories – 24 super-G, 15 downhills, 14 giant slaloms, and 1 combined – rank third on the men's all-time list behind Ingemar Stenmark's 86 victories and Marcel Hirscher's 67 victories. As of 2013, he holds the record for the most points in one season by a male alpine skier, with 2000 points from the 2000 season. From 2000–2013 he also held the title of most points in one season by any alpine skier, until Tina Maze scored 2414 points in the 2013 season.

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7. Marc Girardelli (1963 - )

With an HPI of 60.28, Marc Girardelli is the 7th most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Marc Girardelli (born 18 July 1963) is an Austrian and Luxembourgish former alpine ski racer, a five-time World Cup overall champion who excelled in all five alpine disciplines.

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8. Egon Zimmermann (1939 - 2019)

With an HPI of 59.16, Egon Zimmermann is the 8th most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Egon Zimmermann (8 February 1939 – 23 August 2019), often referred to as Egon Zimmermann II, was a World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. Zimmermann won the Olympic downhill at Patscherkofel in 1964 and won several medals on the professional tour in the late-1960s and early 1970s.

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9. Othmar Schneider (1928 - 2012)

With an HPI of 58.98, Othmar Schneider is the 9th most famous Austrian Skier.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Othmar Schneider (27 August 1928 – 25 December 2012) was an Austrian Alpine skier and Olympic champion. Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the silver medalist in the downhill.

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10. Erika Mahringer (1924 - 2018)

With an HPI of 58.17, Erika Mahringer is the 10th most famous Austrian Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Erika "Riki" Mahringer (16 November 1924 – 30 October 2018) was an Austrian alpine skier who competed in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics. In 1948 she won the bronze medal in the slalom event as well as in the Alpine combined competition. In the downhill contest she finished 19th. Four years later she finished fourth in the 1952 Olympic downhill event. In the same year she finished 17th in the giant slalom competition and 22nd in the slalom contest.Mahringer earned silver medals in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships 1950 at Aspen (slalom and downhill), and in the giant slalom she finished fourth. She was a six time Austrian Champion (downhill 1948, 1951, 1952; slalom 1951; giant slalom 1951; Alpine Combined 1951). In 1951, she was named Austrian Sports Personality of the Year.Mahringer was born in Linz. She wed fellow skier Ernst Spiess in 1954. Together they founded the Mayrhofen Ski School. In 1955, they opened "Riki’s Skikindergarten", the world's first children's ski school. Riki and Ernst are the parents of Uli Spiess and Nicola Spiess who became Alpine ski racers like their parents.

Pantheon has 75 people classified as skiers born between 1924 and 1997. Of these 75, 70 (93.33%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skiers include Erik Schinegger, Karl Schranz, and Franz Klammer. The most famous deceased skiers include Toni Sailer, Egon Zimmermann, and Othmar Schneider. As of October 2020, 19 new skiers have been added to Pantheon including Erik Schinegger, Egon Zimmermann, and Olga Pall.

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